COSEE-New England
The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

September 7, 2007

vol 4, no 6

In This Issue
Reports, Publications and Announcements
Online Ocean Education Resources
Policy Updates
Grants, Fellowships and Funding Opportunities
Jobs in New England
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Student Opportunities
Free Resources
NEwswave Schedule

OSEI and  Windows Around the World On Friday, August 31 teachers from the Rafael Hernandez School in Roxbury and the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester met at UMass Boston with Windows Around the World developer Juanita Urban-Rich for the most recent Ocean Sciences Education Insititution (OSEI) V workshop. The Windows Around the World program is a visual, interactive and engaging international educational tool for elementary students that has been running for three years. It is a web-based exchange program that promotes and fosters international collaboration, environmental science and cultural geography. To learn more about how these teachers plan to use Windows Around the World in their classrooms, visit here. Visit here for more information on OSEI.
Reports, Publications and Announcements

WHOI to Lead Partnership to Establish Coastal and Global Observatories
The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) has awarded a $97.7 million contract to an academic partnership led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to support the development, installation and initial operation of the coastal and global components of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The WHOI partnership includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Read the WHOI News Release.

Group Establishes New Stellwagen Bank Foundation 
Stellwagen Alive (a NOAA and National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Friends' Group) announced its establishment as a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization with the mission to support the protection, research and education goals of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Its goals are to: increase public awareness of the sanctuary so that the New England region recognizes its value and importance; educate the public about the special significance of the sanctuary and its associated ecological and historic treasures; attract volunteers who are passionately committed to the protection and promotion of the sanctuary; and enhance sanctuary programming and operations. For more information visit the foundation website

Humpback Whale Recordings from Stellwagen For the first time, researchers have recorded "megapclicks" - a series of clicks and buzzes from humpback whales apparently associated with nighttime feeding behaviors - in and around NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. As detailed in the most recent issue of the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, this study offers the first documentation that baleen whales produce this type of sound, normally associated with toothed whales and echolocation. The research team from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program used multi-sensor acoustic tags attached with suction cups to study whale behavior. Those interested in reviewing a copy of the paper should contact Anne Smrcina

Math and Science Partnerships Report According to latest results, more than 300 schools participating in the second year of the
NSF's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program found that a significantly higher proportion of students scored at the "proficient" level or higher on state math and science assessments in the 2004-2005 school year than they had in the previous year. The MSP program currently supports 52 partnerships around the country that unite some 150 institutions of higher education with more than 550 school districts, including more than 3,300 schools in 30 states and Puerto Rico. More than 70 businesses, many state departments of education, science museums and community organizations are also partners. The most recent study followed more than 300 schools participating in partnerships that began to be funded during the program's second year.

NSF Readies Plan to Improve STEM Education The National Science Board unanimously adopted a motion to release for public comment a draft action plan to address critical 21st century needs in the nation's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education system. Two overarching actions stressed in the plan are increasing coordination of STEM education and increasing the supply of qualified K-12 STEM teachers.
Read more.
PKAL Volume IV: Leaders and leadership  The most recent installment of Project Kaleidoscope Volume IV: What Works, What Matters, What Lasts is now available for review.   Continuing summer postings from the PKAL archive, the latest installment includes messages for STEM Leaders to reflect on at the beginning of a new academic year.  Following are three sets of questions, from the PKAL Leadership Tool Box, intended to stimulate both fruitful reflection and an agenda for action for the coming year. Read the installment online
Online Ocean Education Resources

Joint Oceanographic Institutions
Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) is a consortium of oceanographic research institutions that serves the U.S. scientific community through management of large-scale, global research programs in the fields of marine geology, geophysics, and oceanography. The website
offers ocean drilling science information, professional development opportunities, and on-line educational activities and lesson plans based on scientific ocean drilling data.

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Buoys Data Curriculum To interpret data from their data-gathering buoys, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is developing educational and interpretive components including a Web-based classroom curriculum that uses data to teach students about the bay and its resources. Working with partners, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is creating multidisciplinary lessons that weave science and math together with history and culture.

NOAA on YouTube Selected videos from NOAA's Ocean Exploration expeditions are now available on YouTube.

Join Scientists in Exploring Marine Sanctuaries through  Expeditions Webpage NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Program will be undertaking or participating in a series of expeditions to explore and study the marine life, habitats and historical artifacts found within and outside the sanctuary system. Check out NOAA's Expeditions Webpage
to explore along with the scientists.

WhaleNet Interactive Education
WhaleNet, which began with NSF funds in 1993, has a wealth of educational resources and units relating to the oceans and marine mammals. Track marine mammals in real-time or use archived data to research the movements of various species or genders of satellite tagged marine mammals (and sea turtles). Download plans that will instruct you how to build a 55-foot long inflatable whale! Other hands-on, mind-on activities are available for all grade levels. WhaleNet remains free to all users. Visit WhaleNet.

Indonesian Coral Reefs Resources Efforts are in high gear to safeguard the coral reefs of far eastern Indonesia, where biologists have found a trove of biodiversity. To learn more about this rich area of Indonesian reef, check out this month's National Geographic magazine, including an audio slideshow online.

The Dolphin Diploma The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and partners in the UN Year of the Dolphin initiative announce the launch of the WDCS Dolphin Diploma,  part of the official
Year of the dolphin 2007
initiative announced by the UNEP-Convention for Migratory Species
(CMS). The WDCS dolphin diploma award includes a quiz about dolphins and encourages conservation activities such as participating in a beach clean up or organizing an awareness raising event. For schools and teachers, WDCS also offers an activity pack with comprehensive teaching materials.
Download the materials.

Education And Research: Testing Hypotheses The Education And Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH) teacher workshops are a collaborative effort between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, providing teachers with means for integrating real-time data with existing educational standards and tested curriculum in an interactive and engaging way.  EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Those interested in participating in workshops in 2008 should review the EARTH website, as the use and evaluation of an activity is a prerequisite for participation in the workshop. Contact information is on the

DEM Discovery Portal For those teaching or using GIS in the classroom, this website
can save time and effort. The National Geophysical Data Center has created an ArcIMS map interface for locating digital elevation models (DEMs) that are published on the web. The DEMS may be bathymetric, topographic, or a merged combination of both, ranging from high-resolution coastal DEMs for local studies, to coarser ones with global coverage. 

Live Aquarius Broadcasts Watch live broadcasts from Aquarius, the world's only underwater habitat, September 10-26, 2007. The September mission on Aquarius, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is titled If Reefs Could Talk. The mission will also include several educational components. Visit the Aquarius website

New NOAA Website Explores Seafloor Mapping NOAA's National Ocean Service is inviting children to explore seafloor mapping and learn how NOAA charts millions of nautical miles around the United States. Students can embark on a multi-media voyage that begins with the first survey mapping the U.S. seafloor in 1834 on the south shore of Long Island and advances to today's modern SONAR survey tools. They can also generate and map their own seafloor and study sunken treasure. Click
here to explore the site.
 Policy  Updates

The Mass Ocean Campaign
website contains news and information about the Massachusetts Ocean Act.

COMPETES Act Signed On August 9, 2007, the President signed the America COMPETES Act into law. The Act supports basic research by setting budgets at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the DOE Office of Science, and NSF on a path to doubling within the near term. Moreover, the COMPETES Act authorizes $33.6 billion over fiscal years 2008-2010 for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs across the federal government. In particular, strong increases are provided in FY 2008 for K-12 STEM education programs at NSF. These programs, including the Noyce Teacher Scholarship and the Math and Science Partnerships programs, will help to prepare thousands of new STEM teachers and provide current teachers with content and pedagogical expertise in their area of teaching. Visit NSF's Education and Human Resources website
for more information about these programs.
Grants, Awards, Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Funding Available to Support Community-based Habitat Restoration Projects NOAA's Community-based Restoration Program provides funding and technical expertise to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven, grass-roots habitat restoration projects that will benefit living marine and coastal resources. Funded projects have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that provide educational and social benefits for people and communities, in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements. Through this program, NOAA identifies potential restoration projects, strengthens the development and implementation of sound restoration projects and science-based monitoring, and develops long-term, ongoing national and regional partnerships to support community-based restoration of living marine and coastal resource habitats across a wide geographic area. Applications must be received by September 27, 2007. More information is available online, or contact Cathy Bozek.

Cetacean Society Grants Small grants from Cetacean Society International (CSI) are available for Latin America and Caribbean nationals, in support of cetacean-related science, conservation, or education projects, or for related travel, such as to conferences, workshops, or foreign study.  The grant priority is to support entry-level professionals, such as graduate students, whose work has conservation applications, while helping as many people as possible, preferring to give the minimum amount to complete the project after other funding options are explored.  A current CSI grant request form must be used, and is available upon request.  Contact William Rossiter and include your complete contact information and use the following format as the subject / title: "Your last name: CSI grant application".

NOAA Funding to Support Research and Outreach on Aquatic Invasive Species The National Sea Grant Program
is seeking to fund research and outreach projects addressing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. The goal of the program is to discover and develop information and tools that can lead to the prevention, detection, monitoring and control of aquatic invasive species threatening U.S. coastal, oceanic and Great Lakes communities, resources and ecosystems. Preliminary proposals must be received by 4pm EDT on October 11, 2007. For more information contact
NOAA Funding to Support Ocean Exploration, Education and Literacy NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration
is seeking grant proposals that support its mission to search, investigate, and document marine archaeological resources and to advance ocean education and ocean literacy. Applications for funding should emphasize the early phases of field archaeology: searching, locating, evaluating or inventorying maritime heritage sites. In prior years, NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration has funded the development of educational products to enable teachers to bring NOAA science into classrooms throughout the country. At this time, NOAA is also seeking proposals to extend the use of these existing Ocean Exploration education products in school districts and other learning centers throughout the country. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support at least four new Fisheries Fellows in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics in FY 2008.  Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS and have summer internships at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Applications are due
on January 25, 2008. More information available online.

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. It is open to all students enrolled in a graduate or professional program in a marine- or aquatic-related field at a U.S.-accredited institution of higher learning. The fellowship allows students to share their expertise with policy makers in Washington, D.C., and provides a first-hand look at how science is used in the policy arena and how decisions are made. Applications are due
by 4:00 p.m. on February 29, 2008. More information available online.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Coastal Studies for Girls Director of Education Coastal Studies for Girls, based in Freeport, Maine, seeks a full-time Director of Education. Responsibilities include design/implementation of academic program and point person for student recruitment.  Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred, with high school curriculum expertise. A full job description is available on the website. 

Outreach Coordinator New York Sea Grant Provides major leadership for the outreach program of the Long Island Sound Study in New York. Works to increase appreciation, awareness and understanding of Long Island Sound and efforts to restore and protect it. Special emphasis is on educational programs that lead to behavior change related to the protection and restoration of Long Island Sound's natural resources. Works with teams of people to develop innovative programs and materials employing some of the tools of the social and behavioral sciences. Full description online.
SEA Lab Program Director
SEA Lab in Redondo Beach, California is taking applications for its program director position. The Program Director is responsible for the sustainability and growth of all programs, including marine education, animal husbandry, native plant horticulture, public programs, and a variety of conservation-related work projects. For a complete job description with salary ranges and benefits contact SEA Lab Director 
Giancarlo Cetrulo.

Communications Specialist Charleston SC NOAA's Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) has an opening for a Communications Specialist. Contact
for more information. 

Public Opinion Research Needed by Biodiversity Project Biodiversity Project is working in collaboration with dozens of conservation and environmental organizations to develop a public education and awareness campaign to protect and restore the ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy. They are currently compiling public opinion research to assess attitudes, knowledge, values, and concerns held by residents and property owners. If you know of or have access to any public opinion research (including such things as public comments on town planning or development proposals) contact Executive Director Peter Alexander.  For more information on the Biodiversity Project visit online.

NOAA Accepting Applications for Membership on Sea Grant Review Panel NOAA is inviting interested persons to apply for membership on the Sea Grant Review Panel. This advisory committee provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program. Applications must be received by September 19, 2007. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

COASTSWEEP Looking for Volunteers COASTSWEEP, Massachusetts' annual coastal clean-up program, is recruiting volunteers for its 20th year of clean-up events.  Visit online to find a clean-up near you and to learn more about this program. If you have questions send an email.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Interpretation at the New England Aquarium In association with the National Association of Interpreters' conference in Boston in September, the New England Aquarium is offering this one-day workshop Monday, September 24, from 9:00-3:00. Learn how NEAq conveys messages to a range of visitors and groups, including toddlers, families, teens, teachers and schools. The day will include time to visit the Aquarium with an experienced educator, a behind-the-scenes visit and the opportunity to choose from a variety of hands-on workshops in the afternoon. The fee for the day is $35.00 (plus $22.50 for non-NAI members), including a light breakfast. Payment is due by September 10. To register, contact Rebekah Stendahl. This event is now posted on InterpNet's calendar of events page and region/section workshop page.

Professional Development  The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration invites science teachers for grades 6-12 to participate in a Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Professional Development Workshop, being offered  Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 8:30-5:00, as part of the 2007 Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  To register, complete the conference registration form, available online. Online conference registration deadline is November 1, 2007.

Oceanography for Educators at URI Learn about marine life, the properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, and coastal processes. Courses includes application of ocean science content to support the new RI Science Grade Span Expectations and development of inquiry-based activities for the classroom. Classes held at the Coastal Institute, URI Narragansett Bay Campus. Visit online for more information.

Ocean Explorer Professional Development The NOAA Ocean Explorer professional development offerings through November, 2007 are listed online. Opportunities will focus on how educators can use the mathematics, science, and technology associated with exploring the oceans in their classrooms to help increase awareness and understanding of the ocean world.  These offerings are designed to introduce educators to ocean scientists/explorers and their research and explorations, and at the same time, provide tools and resources to engage students in ocean exploration by bringing the classroom closer to the ocean. 

Upcoming NOAA Seminars
Development of the Ocean GeoPortal: An Educational and Data Harvesting Tool, Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 11 am EDT. 
Why study biodiversity? An example from the Island of Tobago, West Indies,Thursday, October 18, 2007,11 am EDT.
These seminars are
a joint effort to help share science across NOAA and its partners. To join the seminar email list contact Hernan GarciaFor on-line public access (no login/password required) go to GoogleCalendar.

Save the Date for Oceans a la Carte
On October 27, 2007, the University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries will be offering Oceans la Carte to celebrate NOAA's 200th Anniversary. This special day-long workshop for educators, students and the public will feature presentations by leading scientists, hand-on activities and content information sessions. More information will be available soon.

AGU Session on Partnerships The upcoming AGU conference
December 10-14
in San Fransisco includes a session on science education partnerships. Have you participated in a successful ocean science education partnership? If so, then share it with your colleagues. Abstracts are due by September 30. Contact Leslie Peart or Frank Rack for more information.

New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference On September 14-16, the 2007 New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference Building Bridges-Creating Change for a Common Good, will be held in Smithfield, Maine.

Oceans07 in Vancouver The
MTS/IEEE-OES Conference Oceans07 wil be held in Vancouver, BC, September 29-October 4. This conference features a partnership of engineering/technology and scientific researchers. Learn about BC's Neptune and Venus projects, which will usher in a new era in gathering data to understand the oceans. Registration is ongoing. For full conference details visit the  
conference website.

Joint Assembly RFP The 2008 Joint Assembly, a partnership among American Geophysical Union and many other organizations, will be held May 27-30, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Members of the Earth and space sciences community are invited to propose a session for the conference. Session proposals may be submitted to any of the existing disciplines, including education and human resources, ocean sciences, and many more. Proposals must focus on scientific results and/or their applications. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2007. Learn more online.

cean Sciences Meeting The 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting, From the Watershed to the Global Ocean, will be held March 2-7, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. This bi-annual meeting will recognize the vital nature of the interconnections between land and sea. The deadline for abstract submission, including abstracts about education and outreach, is October 2, 2007. Learn more online.
Student Opportunities

Sea World Career Resources Visit the Sea World Career Resources page for information on camps, internships, pursung a career in marine mammal science, and more.

Support for Minority Science Students The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MS PHD'S) initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increased participation in Earth system science. Each year, the initiative  engages 30 minority undergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities. The deadline for submitting the online application is Sept. 10, 2007.  For more information about the MS PHD'S initiative and how to apply, visit online.

Art Contest for Children The theme of the 12th annual art contest from the Institute for Global Environmental is The Ocean: From Top to Bottom! This contest, for grades 2-4, challenges students to explore the ocean from top to bottom and then draw a picture showing what they learned. The website includes background information along with lesson plans and activities. Lockheed Martin Corporation is funding the development and printing of a 2008 calendar featuring the top 12 entries in this art contest; students (along with their teachers) whose artwork is featured in this calendar will each receive copies of the calendar. The deadline for entry is October 26, 2007. More information is available online.

Stellwagen Alive! Launches the Aukathon Stellwagen Alive! is sponsoring a three-day kayak paddle around Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, underway today! Paddlers Dick Wheeler and Ben Cowie-Haskell are paddling from Provincetown, MA to Scituate, MA. Track the paddlers live online. More information is available on the Stellwagen Alive! website.

Aukathon Celebration at NEAq In celebration of Stellwagen Alive! and the Aukathon (see above), join  kayaker
Dick Wheeler and storyteller Jay O'Callahan at the New England Aquarium on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 PM. Jay O'Callahan wrote and will perform "The Spirit of the Great Auk," which tells the story of Wheeler's 1500-mile solo journey retracing the migration of the auk. Register in advance for this free event online.

All Day Marine Adventure Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for the fall edition of Seabird & Whale Tales, Sunday, September 9, 2007. Listen to onboard wildlife experts Wayne Petersen (Mass Audubon), David Clapp (Natural History Services) and Dr. John Jahoda (Bridgewater State College) as they provide commentary on the seabirds, whales, seals, ocean sunfish and basking sharks that can be sighted off Cape Cod. Leave from Plymouth Harbor aboard a 110-foot luxury commercial whale watching vessel. Offshore activities include chumming for seabirds, towing for plankton, plankton observation using onboard microscopes and a free nature-themed raffle. Proceeds benefit two of NECWA projects. To register contact Krill Carson. For more information visit online.

Massachusetts Ocean Coalition is a new organization whose mission is to advance a coordinated ocean plan. The Coalition will be introduced Monday, September 10, 7-9 PM at the Nahant Town Hall. For more information on the Coalition visit online

COASTSWEEP 2007 COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the Urban Harbors Institute of UMass Boston
, will kickoff its 20th year on September 15, 2007 at Carson Beach in South Boston. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by The Ocean Conservancy. Cleanups are scheduled all along the Commonwealth coast in September and October. For details or to get involved with a cleanup near you, see the COASTSWEEP website.

Maritime Heritage Celebration in Gloucester, MA On September 21-23, 2007, the NOAA 200th Celebration and the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center will come together to celebrate maritime heritage and NOAA products and services in Gloucester, MA. This free event is open to the public, and will feature activities and exhibits for all ages. On September 22, the official opening ceremony of the event takes place at 10 am, when a NOAA geodetic marker will be installed and dedicated. The event website is updated regularly.

Environmental Films at Coolidge Corner
The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Center for Health and the Global Environment, with support from the Charles River Watershed Association and Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, are hosting an environmental film series September 23-25, 2007. This festival will serve as the Boston area's only event showcasing the best environmental films produced in the past year. The three-day series will center around the themes of ocean, climate and food, and will feature daily screenings of a variety of environmental films in documentary, dramatic and animation formats followed by discussions with scientists and filmmakers. The film series will play at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. Films shown September 25 will focus on the ocean. Visit the theater website
for more information.

Ecosystem-Based Management Toolkit Training This training workshop will provide an overview, including live demonstrations of technology tools that can be used to help implement ecosystem-based management (EBM) in coastal-marine environments and their watersheds.  It will also describe projects that have used these tools, provides initial guidance on how to use tools effectively, and points managers in the direction of additional resources for using EBM tools. The workshop will be held Sunday, November 4, 1-5 PM, in Providence, Rhode Island. Registration for this training is free for Estuarine Research Federation Meeting registrants. Click here to learn more about the conference or contact Sarah Carr, the EBM Tools Network Coordinator.

Ocean Motion Program for Families Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion will be presented at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Sunday, November 18.  For years, oceanographers have used drifting objects to study ocean movement. Join author Loree Griffin Burn as she tells the story of  real scientists who track trash spilled into the ocean - such as sneakers and rubber ducks that have drifted thousands of miles from the Pacific into the Atlantic Oceans. Find out what they've discovered - and how they're using this science to protect Earth's oceans.  2:00 pm, free with museum admission. For more information visit the museum website.
Free Resources

NOAA Science Education Curriculum Materials In honor of NOAA's 200th anniversary, the NOAA Office of Education put 
out an activity book, DVD, and CD-ROM, now available free to educators through the New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center. Contact Jessica Soule
for more information.

NOAA HAB Materials The Education and Outreach Office at NOAA Fisheries/Northwest Fisheries Science Center is offering a film and curriculum booklet about oceanography and the study of harmful algal blooms available to marine science educators. The 20-minute film, Science at Sea: The Hunt for Killer Algae, documents the work of a team of scientists aboard a month-long cruise in the fall of 2006. The film was made in order to convey the complexity of real-world science, the essence of collaboration in the sciences, and to inspire students to explore oceanography as a possible career. The film is aimed at a high school audience, but is appropriate for early college or junior high students as well. Accompanying the film is a 43-page curriculum booklet with activities and experiments, a glossary, cruise journal, phytoplankton identification chart, and other resources relevant to teaching basic oceanography and harmful algal blooms. The activities range in level from grades 5-10, but most could be adapted for younger students or provide a basis for a thorough oceanography/HAB unit for older students. To request a copy or for more information contact Lauren Kuehne.

Project Seahorse has created an educational poster about seahorses and marine conservation, in collaboration with Oxford Cartographers of the UK.  "Take Action for Seahorses and the Seas" is targeted to 10-14  year olds. To request copies of the poster, email Heather Koldewey with name and contact email, address in full, and number of copies.  
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent September 20, 2007. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.
Include Your News in NEwswave!
Send news and announcements of interest to the New England ocean science education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

Real-Time Data Links
Windows Around the World connects students with other participating elementary school classrooms around the world via real-time data gathered outside their windows. Visit Windows Around the World.

The COSEE-NE program OSEI
is focusing this year on the use of real-time data in the classroom. Connect to real-time data links here!
NOAA Smart Buoy The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office has deployed its third "smart buoy" as part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The buoy is positioned at the mouth of the Patapsco River, near Baltimore, MD, and is the third observation platform to be launched this summer as part of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. The buoys collect meteorological and water-quality data as well as information on waves and currents, via a system of sensors, which then transmits the information to the Web in real time via a high-speed data network. These measurements, as well as historical and cultural information about the bay, can be accessed online.

Website of Note
The Coastal Ocean Observing Center at the University of New Hampshire has developed and implemented a system for monitoring the linked oceanic and estuarine ecosystem in our region. This monitoring system has the capability to detect changes in the ecosystem across multiple physical and trophic levels.

 The Center offers many education resources for download and an improved data access tool for obtaining buoy, boat, and satellite data on its website.


Marine Science at URI
URI's Narragansett Bay Classroom is a vehicle through which URI's Office of Marine Programs offers a variety of marine and environmental short courses, lectures, tours, field trips, interpretive programs, camps, and training opportunities for people of all ages. Visit online.

Sea Turtle Release Video

Hundreds of people gathered at Dowse's Beach in Osterville, on Cape Cod, on August 20, 2007 to watch eleven rescued sea turtles - a loggerhead, a green sea turtle and nine Kemp's ridleys - be returned to the ocean, thanks to the efforts of the New England Aquarium.
Watch the release video online.


Marine Photobank

The Marine Photobank is a leading visual resource that encourages
  people from all over the planet to collect, share and download marine photos, images and graphics that shed light on how humans have affected life in the ocean. The Marine Photobank was founded in response to a lack of readily available, high quality underwater and above water ocean conservation images. These images are available at no cost for non-commercial purposes as well as for media use. Visit the photobank.

New from Oceanus
Interrogating the Great Ocean Conveyor
Is the Atlantic's circulation slowing down? Moorings in rough waters monitor the ocean's pulse. Read more in WHOI's Oceanus.


World Ocean Observatory News
The World Ocean Observatory is pleased to announce the launch of Sea Turtles - a comprehensive examination of the plight of sea turtles in the world's oceans today. 

Sea Turtles is the latest in the World Ocean Observatory's World Ocean Events, a catalogue of comprehensive websites on such key ocean issues as Ocean Acidification, High Seas Fisheries, Cities and Oceans, International Polar Year, and Exporting Pollution.


Subscribe to the Gulf of Maine Monitor

For access to ocean observing research and issues in the Gulf of Maine, read the Gulf of Maine Monitor, published quarterly by the UNH Coastal Ocean Observing Center and free of charge. Subscribe online.

  Save the Date for NMEA 2008
The 2008 NMEA conference is coming
to the Savannah Riverfront Marriott, July 21-25, 2008.  
The Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME) invites you to spend a week in coastal Georgia with marine education enthusiasts from around the nation, July 21-25, 2008.
One World, One Water: NMEA 2008 will team cutting-edge research with innovative education.
Visit online for more information.

Boston Harbor Educators' Conference
The 2007 Boston Harbor Educators' Conference will be held on Saturday October 13 at UMass Boston. This will be a full day of hands-on workshops, exhibits and field trips. For registration information visit the Massachusetts Marine Educators website or contact Peg Collins.

Include Your News in NEwswave
Send your news and announcements of interest to the New England ocean science education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

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